WINDCREST, Texas – It’s been a challenging year for San Antonio Pets Alive. In May, the City Council approved a $375,000 bailout for the nonprofit, and in September, it lost its lease for the Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions. It seemed like all was lost, but the nonprofit was rescued and even got adopted into a new home.
The pets from SA Pets Alive are now getting settled into their new temporary home as they wait for their forever families. They just moved into the Petsmart Adoption Center in Windcrest.
"Oct. 31 was the day we did our final, we shut down operations so we could get all the final things moved out of the Paul Jolly Center and moved into here. Yesterday was the first day we kind of had things kind of up and running. Today is our first fully functioning day,” said Tommy McNish, associate executive director of SA Pets Alive.
Wednesday was the first day that the organization was operating at the Petsmart center. Pets can be adopted every day starting at 10 a.m.
SA Pets Alive said its new facility may be a third of the size of its previous facility, but it has fewer overhead expenses, and Petsmart charities gave the organization a grant to help with the first-year operating costs.
The organization rescued more than 6,000 animals from being put down last year, but now with limited space, it believes those figures will fall by 3,000.
The organization is asking for volunteers and donations to help save more pets.
Petsmart charities have also donated funds to allow SA Pets Alive to buy its own custom mobile adoption unit. The 26-foot “tail wagon” will hit the streets in December.